Renewable Energy Groundbreaking
The Anniston Army Depot breaks ground on a solar energy project. The mission is to develop an approximate a high megawatt, alternating current, large-scale renewable energy solar project. Alabama Power Company Director of Forecasting and Resource Planning John Kelley says they will own, operate, and maintain the project. He says last year, the Public Service Commission granted them the Renewable Generation Certificate. The project is collaboration between Alabama Power, the Office of Energy Initiatives, the General Services Administration, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and Mission and Installation Contracting Command. The Army Energy and Sustainability Deputy Assistant Secretary Richard Kidd says this facility represents a first in a large scale, utility scale solar energy project in Alabama. He says it promises new jobs, new technology, and future growth. Officials say the project is expected to develop approximately 10 megawatts of electricity. Strata Solar has been selected by Alabama Power to install the utility-scale solar project. Energy generated by the project will be delivered to the power grid as part of Alabama Power Company’s wholesale portfolio. The project is expected to be operational by this September.